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His Wild Side to Help Animals


fter about a 16-year absence from Kansas City, Tristen Woods, ’02, came swinging back in a big way. The former Rockhurst University golfer returned to his hometown to practice law under his alter ego Tarzan the Lawman for the Jungle Law Group. While the Jungle Law Group may not be your traditional legal firm, it works for Woods because it combines his legal expertise with his love and passion for animal rights and animal advocacy. “I’ve always loved animals,” Woods said, “I’ve always been attached to them. They have such a good energy. If you are having a bad day, you can look at or play with an animal and feel better.” After leaving Rockhurst, Woods traveled to Los Angeles to try to break into show business. After a few years, he traveled to San Diego to teach golf before a friend encouraged him to look into law school. He graduated from the St. Thomas University School of Law in 2015.

Tristen Woods, ’02,

During all of this time, Woods traveled around the world to work and spend time with animals. He worked with birds in Costa Rica, avalanche rescue dogs in Switzerland and elephants in Thailand. His work with animals and his long blond hair is what earned him the nickname Tarzan, which he now uses as a marketing tool for his firm. While his firm mostly focuses on criminal defense and personal injury, he says those cases pay the bills so he and his fiancé can focus on pro bono work for various organizations that help animals. “When people call me with an issue that involves an animal, I can’t put down the phone,” he said. “I feel like I am the voice for the animals who don’t have a voice.”



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RU: Summer 2018  

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